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American mastodon
Life restoration of a Mastodon
Life restoration of an American Mastodon
Vital statistics
Scientific Name Mammut americanum
Length 4.5 metres
Height 3 metres
Weight 5 tonnes
Diet Herbivorous
Lived 3.7 to 10,000 years ago
Range USA

The American mastodon (Mammut americanum) is a member of the elephant family that lived from about 3.7 million years ago until about 10,000 years B.C, possibly due to human hunting. It was the last surviving member of the mastodon family. It is known from fossils found ranging from present-day Alaska and New England in the north, to Florida, southern California, and as far south as Honduras and El Salvador.[1] Its main habitat was cold spruce woodlands, and it is believed to have browsed in herds.

In popular cultureEdit

The American mastodon featured in Zoo Tycoon 2: Extinct Animals.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Polaco, O. J.; Arroyo-Cabrales, J.; Corona-M., E.; López-Oliva, J. G. (2001). "The American Mastodon Mammut americanum in Mexico". In Cavarretta, G.; Gioia, P.; Mussi, M. et al.. The World of Elephants – Proceedings of the 1st International Congress, Rome October 16–20 2001. Rome: Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche. pp. 237–242. ISBN 88-8080-025-6. http://www.sovraintendenzaroma.it/content/download/4787/62368/.../237_242.pdf. Retrieved 2008-07-25.

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